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HP Tarot - 5 The Hierophant

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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

So far this is my personal favorite card of the Major Arcana, not so much because I have a particular affinity for the Hierophant, but because I am really, really pleased about how well my Dumbledore turned out with his gorgeous owl.

The composition is actually fairly close to the traditional image of the hierophant, who is generally depicted as an older man (often in priest-like garments, because in very old decks he is actually the Pope) who is blessing or instructing smaller figures arranged in front of him.

To use Dumbledore for this card was a no-brainer, because he is a guardian, guide and mentor to so many, he inspires loyalty and is a figure of respect, he leads at Hogwarts, where young witches and wizards first learn what it means to become a responsible and knowledgeable member of their society, and he truly represents all that is good and honorable in the wizarding world.

The Hierophant card represents the belief of the group rather than personal beliefs and it stands for the socialization of an individual into a group. Therefore the Hierophant is often the figure of a teacher or a mentor, who helps the idividual fit into the group or into society, by teachig them skills and knowledge, but also appropriate behaviors, norms and ethics.

When you draw it, it may mean that you have to examine your beliefs with respect to what others around you believe, that perhaps you should seek the guidance of a teacher or that you may be called on to mentor and help others.

I'd like to dedicate this card to :iconsempraseverus: who draws the coolest Gambon/Dumbledore I've seen so far and who convinced me to go with Gambon rather than Harris, which I am now really happy about.

Update: submitted to :iconfatgirlstock: for her tarot contest.
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malladac's avatar

How would I be able to purchase this deck?

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Thanks, I just sent you a note about it.
madhouse7207's avatar
Oh...these are amazing...I want the deck so bad!!
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I loved this project.
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AishathelHobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing parallelism btw meaning and image. Superb.
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! He was one of the cards where it seemed easy to make the books reveal an instance of the old symbolism.
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Im just amazed how much detail you put into your work, its just minute, i adore it!
Im so glad i found your page!
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Thank you! The cards were such a cool project.
pootoo's avatar
I am always impressed by detail, and accurate detail even impresses me more, the wings on the owl and the texture of the glass windows behind him, the whole thing.. wow, you impressed me once again ;)
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is one of my personal faves among the Major Arcana...
SophieValentine's avatar
Ah, I missed a card. Oh well, it was spectacular, I just didn't feel like repeating myself.

Only...I had to comment on this one - I love that owl. I dont know what it is, but it just screams "LOOK AT ME!"

I mean, dumbledore is well drawn, but there is something hypnotic about that owl...
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Thank you, I just knew I needed to have the lectern in there...
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rachelab74Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks just like him!!! Great job on this Elly, I have to say this is probably my fave as well!! :clap:
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! So glad you like him!
BrindleLady's avatar
While I am not a Gambon Dumbledore fan, I too have made my peace with the new and flawed Dumbledore - particularly as the books grow darker. You have captured Sir Michael and his subtle wickedness with stunning accuracy. Excellent work!
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Thank you! I am glad it still works for you.
BrindleLady's avatar
I totally love your work. This tarot set is magnificent!
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Great action and detail! I really like this one :)
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Thanks so much! I really enjoyed drawing him.
dbrockwas's avatar
how did you do that frame thing it looks like you used black color on a multiply layer.... is that what you did or what was it...^^;
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I used a very dark brown flood-fill for the background, then I layered the calligraphic pattern on top in white, reduced the transparency and copied it about two times changing the size for each layer. I then merged everything to the bottom layer. This template is the same for all Majors. I then import the drawing-file from a digital photo taken of the drawing and add the text and the number for each card.
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what does messing with the transperency do.???...=D
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It makes the layers more or less translucent, so you can see everything that's underneath. For example if I cross two layers they seem translucent white over the brown, but more white where they intersect, so that makes for nice effects.
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shweet im gonna try that...:)
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